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Good news, Penguins! Google is working on a Drive client for your favorite OS!

Google Drive, if you haven't heard, is Google's Dropbox/Google Docs hybrid. It launched yesterday with 5GB of cloud storage and desktop apps for Windows and Mac, but our tuxedoed counterparts were left out in the cold.

The lack of Linux love caused a bit of an uproar on Google+, where #driveforlinux was a trending topic for a good part of the day. Teresa Wu, the Community Manager for Google Docs, took to a G+ thread and gave the happy news:

We're working on Linux support - hang tight!

So there you go. You can stop the hash tag spam, Linux support is coming.

Of course "support"  and "good support" are two totally different things. For a company built on Linux, Google doesn't have the greatest reputation of supporting it. Google's idea of "support" for their last (recently canceled) Linux app, Picasa, was the Windows app and some WINE (a Windows emulator compatibility layer) libraries.

So some kind of Linux support is coming, but we're still hoping for "good Linux support." Cross your flippers.

Source: Google+, Thanks, Jake

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • lbrfabio

    at least they released  the google music manager (not wine-based).
    one can hope....

  • http://twitter.com/sds52 Steven Stern

    There are repos for Chrome, Google Talk, and Google Music Manager. A Linux "client", like Dropox's hooks into Nautilus, should not be beyond them.  But, Google, how about consolidating all the repos?

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    What are you talking about?

    I just have Google drive running on a VirtualBox Windows install. It works very smoothly and I recommend it to anyone using Linux, even after Google makes a Linux version.

    • Dumbass

       Erm, so it's not running on Linux then!

    • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

      Not everybody has a computer that can run VirtualBox. Not everyone wants to pay for (or pirate) a copy of Windows. And almost no one would run a virtual machine just for a single application.

      How would that be better than a native Linux client?

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        Oh, I think everyone misunderstood me. Linux is not my native operating system. I permanently use the Windows 8 Preview for my main OS. I have VirtualBox on that running Mint (for security reasons).

        To get Drive to work in Mint I installed VirtualBox and installed my old license for Windows 7.

        All you need to do then is install Google Drive. It really is a pretty straight forward install. I have no idea why everyone is struggling with it so much.

        The background for all of my desktops is the Inception Poster. That movie confused the hell out of me.

        • Hrhclinton

          Inception. Like a puddle reflecting the sky - appearance of infinite depth, but in fact, trivially shallow.

  • Skillit

    That's good but not entirely necessary, I would much rather a more complete and responsive Web Client

    • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

      I'm not sure you understand what the desktop client does. The web client is nothing but an upgraded interface to Google Docs. The desktop client syncs your files with your GDrive (i.e. GDocs) account. They're two completely different things. If you want to be able to sync files from your computer to your GDrive, you need the desktop client. If somebody wants to replace Dropbox with GDrive (which is the whole point), the desktop client is entirely necessary.

  • Dave

    Google has 'piss poor' support for Linux and countries not called "The USA".

    The 'announcement' of 'Linux support' simply said to 'hang tight' and so far officially there is 'no timeline' for when it might be available.

    On their Google Drive page they has the Mac client as 'coming soo', but not even a mention of Linux.

    Getting less and less impressed with Google.  They may be better than Apple when it comes to respecting Linux and open source, but it's no where near good enough IMO

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Wait, wasn't the Mac client for Drive included with yesterday's release?

      • RaviShah

        yes it was. i am running it now..

      • Dave

        Yes it was included, sorry, I meant 'iPhone & iPad' and not Mac ... the Google Drive start page says:

        Point being that if there were plans for Linux, then they could have had the decency to mention them on the start page along with iPhone and iPad ... this is obviously a case were there were no plans for Linux and only when Google realized that the G+ community was strongly supportive of Linux and opensource did they decide that it might be a good idea to come out with their "hang in there" / "no time line" BS.

        I'm tied of seeing Linux disrespected, especially by companies that make their living off the backs of Linux and opensource. This slap in the face was unacceptable, and Google will need to do better that simply release a Linux client some unspecified time in the distant future to make up for it in my mind.

        Linux doesn't have market and mind share because the tech media doesn't bother to push it at all (hell, they even spread old FUD BS about Linux at every opportunity,) and big companies that use Linux cater to the Windows/Apple crowd to the effective exclusion of Linux ... if we don't start speaking out against this BS, then Linux will continue to be left behind for no good technical reason other than pure unadulterated stupidity from the tech 'gatekeepers'.Google Drive is available for:PC and MaciPhone and iPad (coming soon)Android devices

  • Dave Thornton

    I running Linux Mint and have installed "Drive" on both my email accounts, so to say a Linux version is being worked on is beyond me. As it runs through chrome there's no real problem.

    • Dave

      You're confusing a web client and a native client. 

  • Mark

    I'm a huge Android and Google fan but have you READ the TOS for Google Drive? 
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57420551-93/who-owns-your-files-on-google-drive/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title
    Sorry Google, but letting you own all my files the second I upload them and even if I delete them, if you have a backup they're yours? Nope.  I guess it's Dropbox and box for me.

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    Picasa wasn't their last Linux app. As someone already mentioned, they released a Linux client (which works really well) for Google Music. In fact, the Linux client is better than the Windows client, IMO, since the Windows client (last time I checked), didn't support OGG, but the Linux client does.

    Google isn't good about getting Linux support right off the bat, but they're a heck of a lot better than most.

    And in regards to Picasa, they bought that from another company. It made a lot more sense to make it work through WINE than completely rewrite somebody else's code.

  • http://lpic.lt/ LPIc.lt – Ruslanas

    hi guys,
    sorry for a spammy message but:
    I do not use Picasa because of wine!

    So there is 100% that i wont use drive because of wine...
    I would like to mount.grive md5(username:pass)@drive.google.com /mnt/googledrive
    So i can use it in my command line OS'es for config backups or something like that...

  • http://www.facebook.com/jgirmesjr James E Grimes Jr

    If you use the Chromium web browser, there is "support" for Linux through the web store.